Talks Worth Listening To: 5 Reasons Why Every TEDx Event Should have Speaker Training

July 11, 2013

Tweet When the organizer of TEDxHoboken, Elizabeth Barry, told me she was requiring every speaker to participate in ‘speaker training’, I couldn’t figure out whether to grin or to grimace. On the ‘grin’ side of things, I was pretty impressed that our organizer had plans in place to make sure that the whole conference was […]

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Because Women Have “Ideas Worth Spreading” : TED2011 Action Steps

February 27, 2011

Tweet The 2011 TED conference begins Tuesday in Long Beach CA. Of the 55 folks who will present “Ideas worth Spreading”, 15 of these speakers will be women. That’s a whopping 27%… no improvement over previous years, and nowhere near gender parity. To celebrate the 15 Women who will take the TED stage, and to […]

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SHE Should Talk At TED: 5 Ways to Get Started

December 7, 2010

Tweet Thanks so much to you readers who got in touch with me to share your ideas about a diversity & inclusion action plan for TED. I had the chance to fold some of these ideas into a live conversation with two of my favorite NYC feminists, Dr. Debra Condren and Gloria Feldt, and together […]

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The Goal is Gender Parity — at TED and Beyond

December 6, 2010

Tweet Is it possible that I haven’t been clear about what we’d like to see at TED conferences? In the conversations around TEDWomen, the relative absence of women and men of color TED programs, and concerns about whether TED as an organization is interested in inclusiveness, we may have focused mostly on constructive criticism and […]

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Want More Women on Tech & TED Panels? Reject Meritocracy and Embrace Curation

October 27, 2010

Tweet Are there enough women¹ being included in public lineups of remarkable business people? Are enough women being selected for conference panels on Technology & Entrepreneurship, for the roster of the annual TED conferences, or even for the Silicon Alley Daily’s 100 Coolest New York Tech people? No. There are not enough² women being chosen […]

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Followup on the TEDWomen Conversation

July 29, 2010

Tweet June Cohen, one of the producers of TEDWomen, kindly replied to my piece over at The Huffington Post. I discovered that I couldn’t fit my entire response– plus the important hyperlinks — to the HuffPo Space, so for those who are interested, our exchange follows, below.

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Separate Still Isn’t Equal: Sexism and TEDWomen

July 28, 2010

Tweet I really, really wanted to put this post here on Authentic Organizations, but my colleagues at The Op-Ed Project told me to shoot big…. so here it is, on The Huffington Post’s Politics section. Please come read the post (it’s only 700 words!) add a comment, and encourage the HuffPo to keep printing contentious […]

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